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The Will to Battle
The Will to Battle: Book 3 of Terra Ignota | Ada Palmer
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The Will to Battlethe third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota seriesa political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent. Ken Liu, author of The Grace of Kings The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location. The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the worlds stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives faade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that faade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyoneHives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saintsscrambles to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war. Seven Surrenders veers expertly between love, murder, mayhem, parenthood, theology, and high politics. I haven't had this much fun with a book in a long time. Max Gladstone, author of Three Parts Dead Terra Ignota Series 1. Too Like the Lightning 2. Seven Surrenders 3. The Will to Battle
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Going to see Ada Palmer and Jo Walton talk this evening and I was hoping to have finished the third part of Terra Ignota but no luck...

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Going stir crazy at home so I took myself my journal and my book outside for dessert ;)

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Library book haul : Ada Palmer is coming to my city for a talk in 10 days i should at least reading the third book, and the other I was in the waiting list for it : a Caribbean afro futurism YA book by Laura Nsafou.

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This series is eerily relevant. How to prevent war when powers swap ranks and governments are personally entwined? How to survive when hallowed specialists oppose and betray, when a generation is wiped out, when optimists abandon the present to reach for the stars, when the brilliant are murderous and the miraculous are explosive? Whether you are looking for future parables or an illumination of the past, this book is an excellent 2020 companion.